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Right to Keep and Bear Arms

Louisiana Right to Arms Amendment Working

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Arizona - -( In Louisiana, a court case is headed to the Supreme Court, based on the right to keep and bear arms amendment that was overwhelmingly approved by voters last year.

The case is one of those that people point at as showing the insanity of the law.  Rico Webb, a 22 year old man with no criminal record, was in his girl friend’s car when it was stopped for a broken taillight.   He had possession of a legal handgun, and he told police that he had a “blunt” (small cigar with marijuana filler) in his backpack.

Possession of the marijuana blunt would be a misdemeanor.  Possession of both the blunt and a handgun, under the inflexible drug and gun laws of Louisiana, meant a felony conviction with a sentence of 5-10 years and no possibility of parole.  The case was appealed under the new constitutional amendment, that protects rights that many in Louisiana thought that they already had.  The Supreme Court agreed to hear the case.

Another case, one that challenges a broad prohibition on convicted felons possessing guns, has been heard by the Supreme Court.  A decision is expected shortly.

There is no current case before the court that challenges the law banning concealed carry of weapons without a state permit.   Many think that law will be found to be unconstitutional.

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About Dean Weingarten;
Dean Weingarten has been a peace officer, a military officer, was on the University of Wisconsin Pistol Team for four years, and was first certified to teach firearms safety in 1973.  He taught the Arizona concealed carry course for fifteen years until the goal of constitutional carry was attained. He has degrees in meteorology and mining engineering, and recently retired from the Department of Defense after a 30 year career in Army Research, Development, Testing, and Evaluation.

  • 4 User comments to “Louisiana Right to Arms Amendment To Be Tested”

    1. oldgringo on December 3, 2013 at 5:55 AM said:

      A National Police State is upon us…Uncle Adolf would be so proud!

    2. John Isbell on December 3, 2013 at 8:55 AM said:

      While I do go along with the idea of constitutional carry, I do think it would be a good idea if everyone who does pack heat learns where and when you may use deadly force.Its not the same in every state!Remember one other thing; you are responsible for all the damage that bullet may do after it leaves the body of the person or animal that you just shot.

    3. John, that is a good reason to be PROFICIENT with a firearm. That way you won’t have a bullet leaving the body. And there is no such thing as “constitutional” carry. There is a natural right to carry to protect one’s self. The CONSTITUTION IS A PROHIBITION DOCUMENT on the GOVERNMENT. Not on the PEOPLE.

    4. Buck Crosby on December 3, 2013 at 10:51 AM said:

      As far as felons and the right to keep and bear arms as a constitutional right only VIOLENT felons should be effected . They talk of giving felons back the right to vote , well if they do both conditions should be in one package . In fact at one time , when a felon was released from prison after completing his sentence he was given a suit of clothes and a firearm automatically .

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